Adele’s ‘21’ reaches another milestone, sells 10 million copies

By Daniel S Levine,

Adele’s 21 is already the most successful album of the past two years, winning multiple Grammys for the British singer. Now she can celebrate another milestone. It took under 100 weeks for the album to sell over 10 million copies.

Billboard reported that 21, which was released by XL/Columbia, has sold 10,020,000 in just 92 weeks, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers. It is just the 21st album since the data firm began tracking sales for Billboard in 1991.

During that time, there are just two albums that reached 10 million copies faster. ‘NSYNC’s No Strings Attached reached the milestone in January 2001 after 43 weeks. The Backstreet Boys’ Millennium hit 10 million in February 2000 after 39 weeks.

According to Rolling Stone, two other albums have reached 10 million copies this year. Linkin Park’s 2000 album Hybrid Theory and Usher’s 2004 release, Confessions.

Pearl Jam’s Ten could reach the mark next, having sold 9.98 million copies since its release.

21’s next target is reaching the Top 10 on the all-time bestseller list since 1991. That list is currently topped by Metallica’s 1991 album, which has sold 15.8 million copies, and Shania Twain’s Come on Over with 15.5 million copies sold.

The album was propelled by three No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, “Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain.” “Rumor Has It” reached No. 16 on the chart.

Adele’s latest single is the title theme to Skyfall, which debuted at No. 8 on the Hot 100 chart last month.

image: CBS

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